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barack obama and former massachusetts governor mitt romney. the stage is ready in denver, colorado. the university of denver. and all of the expectations management to the contrary, the two men you're going to see tonight are very good debaters. they have four ivy league degrees between them, after all, and 50 debates between them, though not against each other until tonight. there is a critical third man on that stage tonight in denver. that's the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. he's done a dozen of these. and the rules, which he will announce at the start, give him broad leeway to guide the conversation and the debate. it is a cold room in denver. the campaigns wanted the temperature low. and it's not likely to stay that way once we get under way. both men have been prepping for days. this happens to be the obamas' 20th wedding anniversary. moments ago we saw a warm embrace between mrs. romney and mrs. obama. they both met each other at the front of the hall. their hiss, this is the first of three meetings debate style between these candidates. even though voting is under way in 34
liable for using excessive force in the past. all three officers have been suspended. president obama and mitt romney are back on the campaign trail talking to voters listen 24 hours after the first presidential debate. >> last night, mitt romney was energetic and on the offensive. meanwhile president obama seemed subdued and played defensive. republican mitt romney may have secured exactly what he needed out of his first presidential debate, a fresh look for undecided voters. >> he laid out the very clear choice and a big choice. that is what this election is about. >> the candidates sparred on the tough issues, taxes, job growth and medicare. >> i would rather have a private plan. i just as soon not have the government, what kind of health care i get. >> every study has shown that medicare has lowered the administrative cost then private interest as, which is why seniors are pretty happy with it. and private insurers have it -- have to make a profit. >> even president obama had to a myth that he did well. the debate was one of the most -- had to admit that romney did well. the debat
president obama sharpens his attacks. >>> leap of faith. tense moments as a mother and her five kids are forced to jump from a burning building. >>> and sweet mystery why are bes in france producing green >>> and sweet mystery why are bes in france producing green and blue honey? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin with back to battle. the two presidential candidates are busy attacking each other on the campaign trail following their first debate. today president obama will be campaigning in virginia and ohio and mitt romney is in virginia. governor romney boasted about his debate performance and told supporters he will take back the white house, but for the first time romney backed away from his controversial remarks about the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. he was asked what he would have said if that came up in the debate. >> clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out r
with an economic show down. president obama and mitt romney squared off for the first of three presidential debates last night and what some are calling a polite war of words, the candidates sparred over job creation, taxes and the future of health care. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: the pressure was on mitt romney who needed a turn around. president obama came into the debate ahead in every battleground state. with an estimated 60 million americans watching on tv, cable and the web, moderator jim leherer asked can you put more people to work? >> the answer is, yes, we can help. >> reporter: romney would cut taxes and regulations on small business. >> my priority is jobs, and so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal that he's been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: which the president claimed would help the rich at others' expense. >> the average middle class family with young children would pay $2,000 more. >> everything he said about my tax plan is not accurate. >> it is not possible to come up with enough tax cut
four more years of where we've been. i represent a different path. >>> president obama meantime tries to seize the moment as early voting begins around the country, offering a closing argument. >> when i took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in a rut. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> this morning, the state of the race. a debate preview, and a look at the issues that will sway undecided voters. with us, republican governor of new jersey, the keynoter at the gop convention, chris christie. and for the obama campaign, the architect of his 2008 run, now white house senior adviser david plouffe. finally, insights and analysis from our political roundtable. joining us, conservative activist and founder of the faith and freedom coalition ralph reed. former democratic governor of pennsylvania ed rendell. anchor of bbc's "world news america" katty kay. and our chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> good sunday morning. with both sides in full preparation mode for wednesday's first presidential deb
the beginning. there are two more debates to go. >> governor of rally is working as a surrogate for the obama team, talking to reporters after the debate. back here at home, several college campuses have to debate what parties. -- watch parties. sheldon joins us live from johns hopkins university. >> we are about a month away from the election. a lot of voters we talked to seem to be passionate about both candidates. you'll remember from the 2008 election that college-aged voters were energized and excited headed into the election. based on the conversation we have had here, the same seems to be happening this year. >> the dining hall, it is never this fall. i think everyone is really excited for the election and the debate progressed more than seven it lasted as piled into the dining hall in the johns hopkins campus to watch governor romney and president obama. >> what is the mood on campus heading into the election? >> it is are more excited than usual about politics. a lot of times, political awareness is not evident right now, people are very excited about obama and ronnie going head-to-h
>>> this morning on "early today," mile high showdown as president obama and mitt romney prepare for tonight's crucial debate. our brand new poll numbers show where they stand. >>> midair mess. another incident of loose seats on an american airlines flight, and now the company says it knows why. >>> and shock value. there's a magician, david blaine. he goes high voltage in his blaine. he goes high voltage in his latest stunt. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a high stakes debate. all eyes turn to denver for tonight's first presidential debate of the 2012 race, and a new nbc news wall street journal poll finds president obama is holding on to his national lead, but not by very much. 49% of likely voters favor the president while 46% prefer mitt romney. that's only a 3% edge for obama which is within the survey's margin of error, but when it comes to a poll of registered voters the president widens his lead over romney to 7 points, 51% to 44. and finally they say the nation is headed in the right direction. 40%. mea
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the showdown. president obama, mitt romney and the debate in denver everyone is talking about. >>> breaking news about american airlines. why dozens of planes in the air tonight are being grounded when they land. >>> out of gas. why some gas stations are shutting down in a place where prices are already over $5 a gallon. >>> is it a hidden danger of chemicals, a high importance to mothers and their newborns. >>> and bird's eye view. what we look like to them. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. they now estimate over 67 million of us watched the debate in denver last night and what people saw was a highly energized, motivated and combative mitt romney sharing the stage with a subdued and lackluster president obama. what they saw was mitt romney on his way over the course of 90 minutes to scoring a clear and consensus victory in what will be the first of three meetings. for romney, today felt like a new chapter. here's a look at the crowd waiting for him tonight in virginia. while the president today said some things he was expected to say on
-off at the university of denver, both candidates are hunkering down. president obama in vegas. >> governor romney is a good debater. i am just ok. >> mitt romney releasing this op-ed about foreign-policy. >> they're trying to be as real as possible. mitt romney has been wearing a suit and tie. trying to get those answers crisp and appealing. >> the republican nominee trailing the president in a new battleground poll. >> obama has the upper hand, but it is close enough that with a strong performance on wednesday, he could take the lead in the national polls. >> in washington post poll shows the majority of voters think the president will win wednesday's debate even though the race remains tight. >> you have a very close election nationally, obama does have the edge in the key swing states. >> some of the reasons for the disparity. >> there's so much voter bloc and. many people have made up their minds. -- lock-in. many people have made up their minds. >> obama has an 11-point lead in swing states. >> metv is coming to wbal +. the network features a wide range of classic programs for all audiences.
weekend before president obama and mitt romney meet in denver for the first presidential debate. the economy is seen as a central issue of the economy. tara mergener has more on the story. >> good morning. lots of anticipation on this first presidential debate. just five days now until that first presidential debate. it is one of the last chances for them to sway the undecided voters. as the clock ticks down to election day, the presidential hopefuls are running at a furious pace -- >> thank you, thank you. >> and getting ready for the first debate, where the economy will be front and center, as it was on thursday in springfield, virginia, where mitt romney pounced. the commerce department lowered its latest estimate of economic growth. >> china is growing much faster than we. russia is growing faster than we. our economy needs to be reinvigorated. we cannot afford four more years like the last four years. >> in virginia beach, president obama pledged to create more jobs and to get the economy moving again in his next term. >> the truth is it will take a few more years to solve
to face president obama. he says the economy is getting worse and present obama will face mitt romney whether he has written off 47% of america. we go to washington with more. >> good afternoon, there is a lot at stake for both these candidates and they know it. one side is trying to be more aggressive than the other is trying to keep his cool. they will have 6-50 minute blocks of questions about domestic issues. republicans say the bar is high for the president, a skilled debater and think that mitt romney's aggressive style may throw the president off. >> he has the facts and he is tenacious and that is the difference between four years ago and this time. >> the democrats say he has to be specific. >> americans are looking for details and i think he will seek president obama continue to do that. >> president obama is three points ahead with likely voters with mitt romney gaining ground. >> those voters are likely to be hispanic and ages 29 or so. as a consequence of this being slightly older and less hispanic, it moves to the direction of mitt romney. >> mitt romney is closing the g
.com and click on u local. >> the first presidential debate -- mitt romney and president obama go head-to-head tonight at 9:00 right here. we are outside the ritchie center in colorado where the showdown will take place. >> good evening. when this debate starts here tonight at the university of denver, moderator jim lehrer will ban clapping. so, he says, we as america can concentrate on what the candidates are saying. >> i have made up my mind, but i would still like to see both of the candidates sweat a little bit. >> president obama was relaxed this week. mitt romney, too, but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters see romney negatively than positively, and that loses elections. >> only two presidential candidates in the last 20 years have had a net negative image at this point and one of them lost, george h. w. bush, ann romney needs to improve that dynamic. >> romney got good news from three battlegrounds. in florida, he is down only by one. . still way behind in ohio peeling -- in florida, he is down only by one. he is still way behind in ohio. in virginia, he
be a burden on the state. >> president obama and mitt romney are getting some practice before going head-to-head on wednesday in the first presidential debate. hallie jackson has more. good morning. >> both candidates are taking these few days to lower expectations. they're talking up the other guy. >> governor romney is a good debater. i'm just ok. >> and so it continues, setting expectations. >> i think people should expect mitt romney will come in very prepared. >> president obama is a gifted speaker. >> paul ryan downplayed how much this debate may mean to the campaign. >> the campaign has not had a good two weeks. it changes on wednesday night. >> both sides are promising a substantive look on at once the night. a night that will focus on domestic policy. >> we will say where we are as a country and where we need to go. >> john mccain cautioned don't expect any major breakthroughs. >> the candidates are well scripted. >> who is the alpha dog? that is what we want to see. >> mitt romney is holding a rally in denver tonight. president obama is practicing in nevada today and tomorrow a
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cruz. today we begin with debate prep. president obama and his republican rival mitt romney are both getting ready for their first face to face presidential debate in denver wednesday night. romney is holding a rally in the mile-high city today, while the president gears up in nevada. nbc's tracy potts joins us with washington from the latest. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we get an interesting perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared debaters and he predicts few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are down playing expectations. a senior aide to the president says romney will be prepared, disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> barack obama is going to be f
of loose seats on american airlines flights. >>> political showdown. president obama and mitt romney hunker down for their high stakes debate in denver. >>> and bumpy ride. a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and crashing a van. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with air scare. suspicion is swirling around american airlines after two flights in three days were returned to new york's jfk airport. the reason, passenger seats came loose on both planes. the first incident occurred on a flight from miami to boston. >> during flights, passenger seats came loose out of the floor. passengers are unable to sit in that seat. >> the federal aviation administration says seating in both plains had undergone maintenance. they have grounded eight 757s for inspection. >>> to politics where president obama and rival mitt romney will not be campaigning today, opting instead to prep for the first of the three debates that they will have starting tomorrow
floats your boat. on a day when many stocks were buoyed by mitt romney's victory over president obama, let me tell you how i watched. i watched the debate within the parlance of my world, the stock world. i watched it with an eye towards making you some money. tweeting every potential stock idea triggered by either gentleman. ♪ how can you try to make money from the debate? let me parse it for you. show you how it's done. going over the actual statements by each candidate translating them into cramerican. let me tell you, there were tons of cramericans on twitter. if you tweeted me about the debate, keep an eye on the twicker running below. you may see your tweet. romney went right into a call for north american energy self-sufficiently, singling out coal as an endangered species under obama. listen. >> i like coal. i want to make sure we can continue to burn clean coal. people in the coal industry feel like it's getting crushed by your policies. >> lots of bozos went in and bought the coal stocks. all the coal stocks on. this wrong take away, people! coal's hostage to chinese deman
, president barack obama and governor mitt romney have four ivy league degrees between them and 50 debates between them, though none together and none like this. the incumbent president and the challenger on stage tonight in denver. and to set the stage for that, our political team beginning with peter alexander who covers the romney campaign for nbc news. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. after all the hype and spin, this is where the debate will finally take place. let's give you a quick show around. they'll shake hands in the middle. the president will stand at the podium on the right, mitt romney at the podium on the left. this debate is separated into six 15-minute segments focusing heavily on the economy. touching down in denver this afternoon, president obama has prepared more for these debates than any sitting president in the modern era. while anticipation builds at the tightly controlled debate site mitt romney reviewed in private relaxing with his sons and fueling up on a peanut butter and honey sandwich. >> i believe that the 21st century can be bett
for president obama, who is trying to maintain his lead in the bulls after a week debate. >> september's unemployment rate delivered president obama a pre-election gift. this is the first time it has been below 8% during his presidency. >> we know there is still that willingness for all of us to see that more people are put but to work. in this particular report, i am happy to see that we have continued growth. >> employers added 114,000 jobs in september. the numbers shocked analysts, who predicted the jobless rate would stay around 8% and possibly grow. >> this is a big report. >> president obama called the report proved that the economy is improving under his policies. >> we have made too much product progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. >> mitt romney launched a tv ad that the recovery is too slow. even economists seem hesitant, pointing of the the number of new jobs created each month has been decreasing since july. this report a positive sign for a still fragile of economy. one downside to the report, many of the jobs created were part- ti
.com and send us your pictures. just click on ulocal. >> president obama and mitt romney are hitting in the hotly contested battle ground states after the first time to tell matchup last night. many analysts see romney as the victor, st. president obama needs to work to keep that momentum going. tracing mitchell is in washington. >> the president's team compares the debate to the playoffs. after the game, you evaluate and make adjustments. obama came out in the battleground state of colorado firing and ready for the fight. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this buried spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. -- i met this very spirited fellow who claim to be mitt romney. he did not want to be held accountable for the real mitt romney decisions and what he has been saying for the last year. that is because he knows full well that we don't want what he has been selling for the last year. >> it is fun to be here and feel all that energy that you have here. >> the governor was selling his crowd also. >> the government's trickle-down economy is one where he will raise taxes on sma
. president obama and the presidentprep mill in vegas -- in debate prep mode in the. a weekend visit to church with mitt romney and a practice session with this debate team. >> there tried to be as real as possible. he has been wearing a suit and tie. the are trying to get those answers crisp and appealing. >> he covers the mitt romney campaign for politico, which shows him trailing for the president. >> president obama has the upper hand but it is close enough that with a strong performance in denver, mitt romney could take the lead in the national polls. >> a washington post poll of the majority of voters think the president will win wednesday's debate. >> well you have a very close election nationally, president obama does have the edge in the key swing states. >> some of the reasons were spent for the disparity. >> there is a much broader lock in.'majority of voters do not want more information. that is the context they will be addressing. >> that poll shows obama with an 11 point lead and a dusting states but mitt romney advisers believe many undecided voters are still up for grabs and sa
coming up later in sports. >> president obama is staying in denver this morning. mitt romney is going to virginia. >> tracie potts has a look at one.d >> the point of this debate was to make differences clear. on lowering the debt. we now have trillion dollars deficits. >> you said you would cut the deficit in half. >> the way we do it is $2.50 for every cut we ask for a dollar of additional revenue paid for by asking those of us who have done well to contribute a little more to reduce the deficit. >> the president insisted romney would spend $5 trillion on tax breaks favoring the wealthy. >> it shows that is not a recipe for job growth. >> everything you just said about my tax plan is not accurate. >> they clashed on wall street and medicare. >> cutting $716 billion for medicare to be able to balance thet additional cost of obamacare is a mistake. >> if you repeal obamacare, what happens is those seniors will be paying $600 more in subscription care. -- in prescription care. >> i don't know how the president could come into office and face rising unemployment and an economic crisis a
negotiations with the carrier. >>> a showdown in denver as president obama and republican challenger mitt romney face off in their first debate, but a 2007 speech by then senator obama is generating criticism from conservatives who say his words are racially charged. the obama campaign is fighting back saying romney's allies are just trying to distract from romney's secretly taped remarks about 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. and can you watch tonight's debate live starting at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific right here on nbc. >>> former penn state graduate assistant mike mcqueary has filed suit against the university for defamation and misrepresentation. mcqueary's account that he witnessed jerry sandusky showering with a boy back in 2001 helped bring the charges that led to the former assistant football coach's conviction. mcqueary is seeking millions in damages allege the university mistreated him after the sexual abuse scandal surfaced. sandusky is not commenting on the complaint. >>> the latest search for jimmy hoffa has turned up nothing but dirt. police were searchi
a five-year-old video in a move the obama campaign call desperate. >>> nbc news investigates why the smoke detector in your home may not work in a fire. a report that could save you and your family. >>> and online attack. on-air response. a local news anchor takes to the airwaves to fire back at a viewer who slammed her for her weight. >> well, you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside, and i am much more than a number on a scale. >> we'll talk to her today, wednesday, october 3rd, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. if you love politics, this is it. the stage is set. the first big presidential debate. the showdown in denver between president obama and republican challenger mitt romney. you know romney is looking for a new look and, of course, the president is trying to avoid the incumbent trap of trying to appear arrogant or underprepared. a lot
do the same and share your pictures with us today. >> president obama and mitt romney will face off for the first time on the presidential debate stage. >> hallie jackson joins us live from the white house with a preview of what we can expect. good morning. >> good morning. can you believe it? after weeks of debate prep and days of spin, the big night is here. it could make a difference in deciding who will live in the white house come january. >> secure our border, protect legal immigration -- >> we are going through the worst financial crisis since the great depression. >> for all their debate experience, tonight will be different for the candidates. president obama is now an incumbent, fighting to stay in office. >> they are practicing being pointed but being respectful. >> and mitt romney's looking to breathe new life into his campaign, as polls show him trailing in some key swing states. >> romney has to do something in the debate to get an edge over obama or he's not going to win. >> it will be a big stage. in 2008, more than 50 million people tuned in for the first obama-mcca
by side with president obama. 60 million americans could to an end. -- tune in. they're setting up for the debates in denver, one of mitt romney's biggest backers. >> every time he has been challenged, he has come forward with an outstanding performance. >> mitt romney trails and every battleground state. >> he's got to redefine himself as someone who cares about the average american. he has to show how his policies connect to that caring. he has to show how president obama's policies have not produced a better result than his policies. that is a lot to do in one debate. >> at a rally in nevada last night, president obama denied he is confident. >> governor romney is a good debater. i am just ok. but what i am most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> the candidates -- their campaigns are working harder. of volunteer for president obama. >> the congress he had to work with. >> she is in waterloo, iowa. >> we want to make sure we have a sensible -- >> great. >> would you vote early? >> t-mobile i'm getting votes in t
nbc news wall street journal marist poll shows president obama leading mitt romney in new hampshire. they are neck in neck in nevada and carolina. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: ten miles from the pentagon in springfield, virginia, mitt romney spoke to veterans blaming president obama for the agreement with republicans to slash defense spending if there's no budget deal by january 1st. >> and the idea of cutting our military commitment by a trillion dollars over this decade is unthinkable and devastating. >> reporter: romney's polls in this battleground state look potentially devastating. he's trailing by 3 to 7 p ers percent. romney backers like dave milne are worried. >> he has to get a little more fire in the belly. >> reporter: more romney the businessman suggests soccer mom monica camera. >> he needs to bring up the economy. >> reporter: president obama was in virginia pushing an elitist image of romney in a tv ad to run here putting faces on the 47% of americans romney says he sees as dependent on government. >> i see hard working virginians, i see students tryi
the presidential election turns into high gear this week as mitt romney and president obama prepare to do battle. we'll have the latest on the campaign trail. that's still ahead. >>> and we're watching some scattered showers around the northeast while it's still dry here in maryland. we may see those showers as well. details in the forecast. >> welcome back to 11 news sunday morning. thank you very much for joining us. >> our top stories in a moment. first let's take a look outside with ava. >> after the chilly start to the day, now it's feeling a little better outdoors. that's what happens this time of year. such a difference between the morning and the afternoon you have to drink in layers. the dew point only at 50. so it's relatively dry out. right now calm winds. expect those to come out of the west. high temperatures today ranging from 70 to 74 degrees. that's not too bad. typical for a late september day. chance for scattered showers this afternoon and evening especially after 4 p.m. in baltimore. something to keep in mind. scattered being the key here. not everyone is going to see them. b
for the white house. we're a few days away from the first debate between barack obama and mitt romney. both candidates are looking for a tense face-to-face showdown and we get the latest -- latest from brian mooar. >> after going to church, mitt romney hunkered down for the first dress rehearsal of the presidential debate. it's an important opportunity to reboot his campaign and reintroduce himself to the american people. >> i think debates matter psychologically to the country and are the most viewed single event in the campaign and i think it's always a burden on the challenger, it isn't about romney but about the challenger. >> and about both campaigns looking for a knockout punch. >> come thursday morning the narrative of this race will change. >> the narrative now is president obama has a lead in all nine of the key battleground states and romney is trying to get back on message. >> we've had some missteps but at the end of the day, the choice is really clear, and we're giving people a very clear choice. >> president obama headed to nevada to polish his performance before the big showd
people have been dealing with this obama economy over the last four years. i think we need to talk to the american people about how we can do better with his path to prosperity. >> for weeks, the two candidates have painstakingly prepared. now the real test. >> the message that comes out of the debate will be important. is it is basically a stalemate, i do not think it changes the opinion. whereas if the message is that romney did really well, that will reach and have a persuasive effect. >> the debate will be split up into several set -- segments. we have heard that the president has won the coin toss, which means he is the first question. >> thank you. in addition to the debate, both campaigns have announced new debate with sites where they will be responding to opponent claims in real time. and you can download our commitment 2012 app for your coverage. you can tune in to watch the debate tonight. it begins at 9:00. >> ok, cue the dream sequence. a chance for orioles magic tonight against the tampa bay rays. pete gilbert joins us live from st. petersburg. this is its. >> you are
for the white house, democrats are saying president obama lost last night cozied debate. what does it mean in the battleground state? >> breaking news from the sky team over a sinkhole that has opened up downtown. let's go to capt. taylor. >> you are familiar with the sinkhole on monument street got one bloc that they have been trying to repair it. while they are trying to repair one portion, another has opened up. they have cruise assessing the situation. as to how deep this is, the good news is that the sidewalk remains open for businesses that are able to stay open. the problem being it will take them longer to fix monument street with another single goal of opening up. >> of baltimore city police investigating three shootings, to of them deadly that happened within 15 minutes of each other. detectives say they may be related. the first occurred along the 200 block of fulton avenue. in 19-year-old man was visiting a friend when he was shot and killed. he stepped outside of his friend's house and returned with a gunshot wound to the chest. investigators say they have no word of a motive
million of us watched a very energized mitt romney cruise to a consensus victory over president obama in their first of three debates. this now throws something of a change into the race and this only focuses more attention on the big and ongoing fight to swing those remaining undecided voters. they number about 5% of all voters. they take up 100% of the efforts of some of the campaign teams who have to find them and then hook them as harry smith recently saw in the critical state of north carolina. >> reporter: republican volunteers canvass in the neighborhoods of raleigh, north carolina. >> how are you today? >> reporter: this is real retail politics, the ultimate neighborhood watch. >> mitt romney. >> obama. >> thank you for your time. >> reporter: the grueling day by day search for the most important person in this election. the undecided voter. >> another double. >> reporter: and we found him. he's george manukus. >> you are aiming in the wrong direction. >> reporter: george is a registered independent who voted for john mccain four years ago but is still on the fence. the candid
president obama on the economy, job creation, and health care. we're going to talk to top advisers about how their candidates faired just ahead. we're also going to talk with chris matthews who had very strong feelings about the debate. but we want to begin with chuck todd, chief white house correspondent in denver this morning. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, savannah. look, this may have been the most substantive debate in the television era. and mitt romney dealt with it as if his campaign depended on it while a subdued president obama let romney dictate the terms of the debate. not exactly the gift the president was looking for on his 20th wedding anniversary. >> and so i just want to wish, sweetie, you happy anniversary and let you know that a year from now we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people. >> reporter: from the very beginning, mitt romney displayed a confident and commanding presence on stage, almost one-upping the president from the start. >> congratulations to you, mr. president, on your anniversary. i'm sure this was the most r
. >> reporter: while both candidates are practicing in private, president obama held a closed-door session this afternoon. and publicly their campaigns are showering the opponents with praise. a message from one expert outlines romney's skills as a prepared, aggressive, debater. the romney campaign is touting president obama's natural gifts and the extensive seasoning under the bright lights of the bright stage. today, in a mock debate, senator john kerry dismissed the idea that the republican nominee is an experienced debater, pointing to more than 20 debates. >> oh please, just give me 20 breaks, not just one. >> reporter: but analysts saying given the state of the race, the burden may be on the challenger. >> he has to do something to get people to take a deep breath, and say wait a minute, well, i thought i made a decision about supporting the president but maybe i better look a second time at mitt romney, that is what he needs to do. >> reporter: and one other thing on today's flight this evening, mitt romney said that people tend to during the debates, focus on the small things, like
. president obama and republican rival mitt romney have honed their skills with more mock debates than any other candidates in recent years. romney campaigns in denver today while the president makes appearances in las vegas. meantime, the most closely watched senate race in the nation is heating up in massachusetts. republican scott brown and democratic rival elizabeth warren faced off in their first debate last night. >>> the faa is investigating why passenger seats came loose on three different american airlines flights. the latest incident happened monday aboard a new york to miami flight. on saturday a similar problem forced a boston to miami flight to make an emergency landing and american says that same plane was involved in a loose seat incident last week which they thought had been fixed. fortunately no one on the flights was hurt. both of the boeing 757s involved had recently gone through maintenance that involved moving the seats. american says there could be a problem with the way the seats fit into the tracks on the floor. >>> a u.s. special forces soldier has died this mornin
night. good evening. >> good evening to you. when president obama and mitt romney step on the stage behind me tomorrow night, it's going to be the first time they've seen each other face to face in nearly five years. to give you a sense of just how crucial his performance is, romney aids brought podiums into his hotel conference room late today to help him simulate the real thing. fueling up for an afternoon study session today. >> governor, are you ready for tomorrow? >> i'm getting there. >> reporter: he's been practicing 12kizingers to sharp critique the president, may have gotten help from an unlikely ally. vice president joe biden today. >> hugh they can justify raising taxes on the middle class has been buried the last four years. how in lord's name can they justify raising their taxes. >> the romney campaign seized on that comment. arguing the president's policies have hurt the middle class. taking a breather from his preparations outside las vegas today. he visited the hoover dam. >> it's spectacular and i've never seen it before. >> reporter: aides say he's been calling his
for that shooting. no update on the victim's condition. >> president obama and mitt romney are getting in some last- minute practice before they go head-to-head on wednesday night. hallie jackson joins us live with more on what the debate means for both sides. good morning. >> good morning. both candidates are working to lower expectations for themselves. they are talking up the other guy. momentum is shifting towards president obama in some key swing states. this could have a big impact on mitt romney. the debate focusing on domestic policy. mitt romney holds a rally tonight in denver. president obama is getting ready in nevada today and tomorrow and flies to colorado on wednesday. >> the vice presidential candidates have their own debate. >> we're seeing both candidates talking up the other guy. biden talks about how paul ryan is so good. paul ryan saying that biden is witty. you are seeing the same game being played as they go head-to- head next week in kentucky. >> interesting strategy. >> interesting but kind of transparent, stan. >> hallie jackson, thank you. >> 6;07. 50 degrees at the airpor
around. you can share your pictures with us today. just a few hours, president obama and mitt romney will face off for the first time on the presidential debate stage. >> hallie jackson has a preview. >> after weeks of debate prep and days of spin, the big night is here. it could make a difference. >> secure our borders -- >> we are going through the worst financial crisis since the great depression. >> president obama is fighting to stay in office. >> they are practicing being pointed but respectful. >> mitt romney looking to br eae new life into his campaign. >> it will be a big stage. more than 50 million people tune in for the first obama-mccain face-off. keeping a close eye on the candidates, fact checkers. >> somebody said we should do in a debate is be on stage and if a candidate lies, i should come on stage and slap them in the face. >> it takes will longer. a fallstaff will work throughout the night to see who is telling the truth. many folks will not listen to 90 minutes of this debate but they will listen to 3 or four sound bites that are the best. >> a new poll shows abou
are you might of been watching the presidential debate. president obama will stay in denver this morning. >> both are back on the campaign trail. tracie potts has the highlights. >> the point of this debate was to make differences clear. on lowering the debt. >> the way we do it is $2.50 for every cut we ask for a dollar of additional revenue paid for by asking those of us who have done well to contribute a little more to reduce the deficit. >> the president insisted mitt romney would spend $5 trillion. >> it shows that is not a recipe for job growth. >> they clashed on wall street and medicare. >> cutting $716 billion is a mistake. >> if you repeal obamacare, what happens is those seniors will be paying $600 more in subscription care. >> i don't know how the president could come into office and facing rising unemployment and an economic crisis at the kitchen table and fighting for obamacare instead of fighting for jobs for the american people. >> we did work on this. this is part of making sure middle class families are secure. >> president obama on defense. romney challenging his reco
the crowds swelled to more than 30,000 thursday, president obama arrived armed with new energy and attack lines against romney that were absent from wednesday's debate. all but calling his opponent a liar. >> governor romney may dance around his positions. he may do a tap dance and a two-step, but if you want to be president, then you owe the american people the truth. >> reporter: mr. obama's top advisers concedes the president needs to come back fighting the next two debates and find a sharper way to sell his message. we'll make adjustments, his top strategist said. president obama took aim at cutting funds to pbs, the home to big bird. that's less than $100 million a year, just a fraction of the overall federal budget. >> thank goodness somebody's finally cracking down on big bird! who knew that he was responsible for all these deficits? elmo's got to watch out. >> reporter: meanwhile, a past presidential nominee, former vice president al gore, who had his own debate struggles, offered this unusual explanation for mr. obama's uninspired performance, blaming the high altitude in denver.
the hopefuls slugged it out as the candidates took a breather. both mitt romney and president obama released taped messages as they prepared for their first debate coming up in just three days. brian moore has the latest. >> days before the presidential debate, mitt romney is hammering the president on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos in the middle east, he said these were merely bumps in the road. bumps in the road also describe something the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican president. >> look what president obama did on the budget. nothing. except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about culture dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you, i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> when vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida, the president was calling on congress to help homeowners. even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction, but we're not there yet
. secretary of state hillary clinton met with benjamin netanyahu. president obama was campaigning in virginia thursday, the white house said too busy to meet with the prime minister. earlier he laid down his red lines for stopping iran's nuclear program. >> this is a bomb. this is a fuse. >> reporter: netanyahu spoke a day after iran's president ahmadinejad from the same podium had called israel uncivilized zionists. netanyahu said tehran was already 70% towards getting enough nuclear fuel for a bomb and has to be stopped within months. >> if these are the facts, and they are, where should a red line be drawn? a red line should be drawn right here. >> reporter: president obama told the u.n. this week there is more time before iran reaches a point of no return. >> america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe that there is still time and space to do so. >> american intelligence does not yet believe iran has made the political decision to actually build a weapon. what does israel think? >> whether or not iran made the decision will become irrelevant once we can no longer
. >>> lots of politics to talk about it on the eve of the first presidential debate. president obama and governor romney will spend the day preparing for the showdown what. message do they need to send to the undecided voters? none other than bill o'reilly is here to join us and to talk about his new book. >> looking forward to that. >>> what caused a nasty gharib on this killer whale at seaworld san diego? was it an accident or attack by other whales? a live report on that. >>> and your next oscar host, seth macfarlane. >> yes. >> his fans, and al roker are praising the pick, but some are wondering why the academy selected the creator of "family guy" who has been in only one film. we'll get into that debate. >>> and later we'll talk about it with today's professionals. >> do we sense what you feel about that pick? >> i'm still absorbing it. going to sit with it for a while. >> not emotionally prepared to talk about it. >> not yet. >> before we get to that lets check in with the day's top stories with natalie morales over at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with tro
. >> they compared to the playoffs, after the game you evaluate and make adjustments. president obama came out in the battleground state of colorado firing and ready for the fight. >> when i got on the stage, i am at a very spirited fellow the claims to be mitt romney. >> that man could not have been his rival. >> he does not want to be held accountable for the real decisions that he has been saying for the last year. that is because he knows full well that we don't want what he has been selling for the last year. >> it is fun to be here. >> at a different event, the governor was selling this crowd. hong >> the trickle-down government is one where he will raise taxes on small business which will kill jobs. i want to keep taxes down on small business so we can create jobs. >> before meeting again while talk domestic and foreign policy. >> the mayor and chief for the last four years, the command of the subject, he also killed bin laden. those things give him a natural advantage. >> folks in the audience will have a chance to ask the question. >> the vice presidential candidates square off. the f
. >>> president obama and republican challenger mitt romney are both campaigning in the battleground state of virginia today. last night romney told fox news that his earlier statement seemingly writing off 47% of americans was completely wrong and that his life shows that he cares about 100%. president obama accused romney meanwhile of dancing around his own positions saying that if you want to be president, you owe the american people the truth. >>> american airlines cancelled more flights today so it can fix the problem with seats that could come loose on at least three recent flights. american says all 48 of the boeing 757s being checked should be back in service tomorrow. the airline blames a combination of wear, poor design and even soda spills for causing small pins in the seat lock mechanisms to malfunction. health officials are warning that thousands of people across 23 states could be at risk of contracting fungal meningitis. the rare and deadly strain of the disease has been linked to contaminated steroid injections given for back pain. at least five people have died from the ou
through the obama administration. what they're going to do is figure out they will renew some of them, let them expire. bottom line -- we will all feel the pain, it's just a question of how much. >> will be interesting to see if they discuss that in the debate might. revenue this year, down load our election 2012 app to see the latest campaign pictures and follette updates during tonight's debate. search commitment 2012 on your smartphone and tablets a day. >> the death of a man who died in police custody has been ruled a homicide. >> please note confirming what we have heard about the death of anthony anderson. will the officers involved be charged? >> he died 10 days ago after being arrested by city police in east baltimore. he initially reported he may have choked on drugs he had shot in his mouth during the rest. the autopsy concluded die from blunt force trauma, maybe kick door slammed to the ground. he suffered broken ribs and a ruptured spleen caused him to bleed to death internally. >> there is comfort in knowing the medical examiner had confirmed what we have been saying from day
for their first big debate tomorrow night. president obama and mitt romney are running through full dress rehearsals to hone their talking points. meanwhile, romney is hoping to pick up a few votes with an endorsement from football great, john elway. the president has the lead in all nine key battleground states, including ohio, which begins early balloting today. >> mitt romney's task is difficult, because he has to redefine himself as well as redefining the erection. >> the first debate -- redefining the election. >> the first debate is scheduled for tomorrow night. coming up, the holiday sales forecast is out. while retailers -- why retailers expect a profit. >> a lot of rain trekking along the east coast. we will talk about how long it will last. stay tuned for the details. plus, a live look of the beltway. a lot of rain out there. a lot of rain out there. number of students that we have. resources. materials. things that the children need... on a day-to-day basis. anncr: question seven will help. the department of legislative services says question seven... will mean hundreds of mill
stated. now he disavows the comments, perhaps in time for the debate when president obama is expected to be ready for attack. >> thank you. >>> sue herrera has visited us from cnbc headquarters today here in our studios, by the way, the markets reacted in a big way today as job news, stocks closed at the highest level today in nearly five years, as you sue, know, all too well. what does it mean? >> i think it was a good report in one sense in that the economy is continuing to add jobs, but it was not a great report. we need to continue to see better numbers than this. 150 or 200,000 new jobs created for the next few months to get us back to levels of much better unemployment. it is a start but not a good report. >> as we saw in andrea's set-up piece, the combination of the retired executive with the twitter account made some trouble for the president today. the comments aside, in your experience can numbers like this be manipulated at all? >> no, because it is a difficult number to put together, that is for a reason, because they don't want it to be manipulated. they're put together b
has been running for longer than that. barack obama and mitt romney are both nearing the end of intense debate prep, and coaching sessions. and at this point, they're designed either to create or prevent that moment that we've all seen that can somehow change the race. and with millions of americans watching these debates like a kind of super bowl of american politics, the stakes are high as the two men face each other in denver, just two days from now. we begin tonight with nbc's andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom. andrea, good evening. >> good evening, brian. it is the political super bowl, or perhaps the world series. mitt romney, behind in all battleground polls for the last three weeks, now has the most to gain from a game-changing night. and the most to lose if he doesn't turn it around. as the candidates head to debate camp, rolling up their sleeves, getting down to work, each claims to be the underdog. >> governor romney, he's -- he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> he plays, barack obama, he plays them well, too. i hate to tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney pract
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